The origins of the study of arms and armour lie in the efforts of a small group of 19th and early-20th century gentlemen scholars. Today the field has grown wide in its appeal; from the university trained academic, to the enthusiastic re-enactor.
Within these pages you can gain an insight both to the scholarship and the lives of those early scholars.
This expression originates with the misfire of a flintlock or similar gun. The powder in the pan is supposed to ignite the main charge in the barrel. Sometimes only the powder in the pan flashed without firing the main charge.